Friday, December 01, 2006

I joined the Stranded KAL!

This KAL came along at the right time for me. I recently knit my first color work project: Selbu Mittens from Folk Mittens. The first mitten was full of mistakes, but a good size. The second mitten was perfect...except it was too small. I'm calling them practice mittens.

Now that my practice mittens are behind me, I'm ready to start the gift version in traditional black and white-I'm using Plymouth Galaway, which is surprisingly soft at the suggested gauge.

I'm also considering one of Bea Ellis' hat patterns.

Thanks to the lovely ladies at Stranded: The Colorwork Challenge.

Thursday, January 12, 2006

Hi, my name is Jen

Wow, I can't believe I haven't posted since September! Ugh. Well, I've been busy knitting socks, but not much else, I'm afraid. Hopefully I can get a few pictures snapped and posted this weekend.

In other knitting news, I'm teaching a few friends to knit socks after work on Wednesdays. Last night was the first meeting and it went pretty well. Both of the ladies I'm teaching have many years of knitting experience, so it was a breeze.

Monday, September 12, 2005

Long overdue post

These socks were completed just before the Sockpal2za cut off and were sent to my pal, Anne-Marie, September 17th. I hope they fit!

I also knit a pair of Fixation anklets in navy blue and sent along some beautiful Koigu in a warm autumn colorway (shown in my last post.)

I was the lucky recipient of these beautiful socks, knit by Liz of Lizbethknits.

And, she sent along some stitch markes that I love! They are little margarita and martini glasses!

What a great sock exchange. Thanks Alison!


My sockpal2-za socks are finished! Unfortunately, my digital camera is in Seattle with my husband...He is returning late on Tuesday night, so I'm hoping to snap some pictures of my sock pal's socks on Wednesday. However, I will say this: My sock pal mentioned that she doesn't care for wool socks because they itch and the thought of wearing wool on her feet makes her crazy. As a former wool sock hater, I feel it is my duty to introduce her to yarn that made me a believer.

Photos of her Meilenweit Cotton Multiringle socks and Fixation anklets will follow shortly.

In other sock news:
Koigu socks for my mom in a simple 2x2 rib pattern. I took this picture before I left for work and finished the last toe on my lunch hour.

Simple Fixation socks for my favorite little girl, Tallulah.

Cable and Rib from IK Autumn 05 in Louet Gems Merino. I love this pattern and will use it again and again.

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

mwhaaa haaa haaa!

So, yesterday I asked my sister what she would like for her birthday.  She said a learn to knit kit....mwhaaa haaa haaa....she's comin' over to the dark side! 
I've looked at the learn to knit kits my LYS carries, but they aren't terribly exciting.  I think I'm going to make a learn to knit kit out of beautiful Colinette or gorgeous recycled silk sari yarn and a set of knitting needles. Easy knit + beautiful yarn = junkie.

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

So where was I?

Oh, yeah...ripping Mia. Well, I've decided to put Mia on the back burner for now. I'm not sold on the yarn or the gauge, so I'm moving on to other projects for the time being.

Right now I'm working on this little sweater from Debbie Bliss' Baby Knits for Beginners. I'm knitting it in the 9-12 month size out of Cashsoft in lilac. The yarn is so soft and the pattern is so easy that I'm having a hard time setting it down so I can work on my mom's birthday socks. I have some muted pink, blue and yellow Koigu (can't remember the colorway) that I plan to use. I'm undecided about the pattern though. Do I go with ribbed socks? Conway? Witby? Cascading Leaves? Pretty Petals? I had originally thought of the padded footlets from IK Summer 2005, or Go With the Flow, but she doesn't want anything too short or lacy. Decisions... Her birthday is in two weeks, so I can't wait much longer.

I also inherited some deep red Lamb's Pride from my mom. She started a pullover in a knitting class, but had some trouble with it and has since asked me to rip it out and make a cardigan for her. I'm thinking about Lara, Mia, Sam or the Must Have Cardie to start. I'd love to knit the Tweedy Aran Cardigan for her, but I can't find the Winter '01 issue of Interweave Knits anywhere! Ugh. If anyone has a copy he/she would like to sell, trade, loan, etc., please let me know. Has anyone knit a sweater from LP? I've only used it for a Seaman's Cap, but was curious about how well it worked with sweaters, spefically what patterns do or don't work well with the yarn. Would a ribbed or cabled sweater be too heavy in LP?

Last, but not least, I was able to track down a copy of Rebecca 27. I'm dying to make the lovely peach cardigan/jacket in the far right panel.
I've been salivating over the Jacket in Military (ASC) at Strikker, ever since she first posted about it. I'm debating knitting mine in the same color, or maybe navy? Has anyone used other yarn for this pattern? What works well?

Secret Sock pal...I still haven't knit your socks ...don't worry, though, I have the yarn in a very safe place!

Sunday, June 19, 2005


Okay. I've decided to do the mature thing and rip Mia. I'm going to a smaller needle. It will look better in the will look better in the end...

I'm also going to rip my anklets that started with some left over yarn. I'm trying to teach myself short row heels, but am failing miserably. I think these have been ripped about four or five times.

Oh well...

Thursday, June 09, 2005

Mia, Mia, Mia

So, I'm just about done with the back, but have kind of lost steam on this project. So soon you ask? Unsightly ribs. I'm not sure if it is the cotton-ease, my knitting, or what. I don't seem to have this problem with smaller needles or wool...I'm going to push ahead and try to finish this sweater, but I kind of want to move to Grace if the ribbing isn't going to be clean on Mia in the cotton-ease. Hmmmm....decisions.